Depression services offered in Murrieta, CA

Depression has always been one of the most common mental health disorders (along with anxiety), but it has been on the rise and now affects 18% to 20% of teens and adults. Once depression takes hold, you need compassionate care from Olga Jackson, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, and Adarius Jackson, MSW, LCSW, at Duality Mental Health in Murrieta, California. With their personalized care, you or your teen can overcome depression, heal your emotions, and move forward into a thriving life. Call the office or request an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment through the online booking feature today. 

Depression Q & A

Will depression improve without treatment?

Many people think their depression will improve if they wait long enough, a belief based on feeling blue.

Nearly everyone feels blue during their lifetime. These blue feelings of sadness and low motivation usually occur after a life event, and they’re typically short-lived, and you quickly improve and return to life.

Because most people are familiar with the blues, they think depression is the same. But it isn’t.

Depression is a deep-rooted mental health condition associated with imbalances in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). Once depression takes hold, it only worsens and lasts longer if you don’t seek treatment.

It doesn’t matter what causes depression. And it doesn’t matter if your initial symptoms are mild or severe. If your depression lasts two weeks or longer, you’ll need treatment at Duality Mental Health to overcome your low mood.

What are the symptoms of depression?

Whether you have mild or severe symptoms, you have major depressive disorder (MDD) if they last most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. 

Depression causes several of the following symptoms:

  • Sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness
  • Numbness (lack of emotion)
  • No interest in your favorite activities
  • Weight changes (gaining or losing) 
  • Insomnia or too much sleep
  • Slow, aimless movements or agitation
  • Lethargy (loss of energy)
  • Foggy brain (inability to concentrate)
  • Thoughts of death and suicide

Many people experience physical symptoms that aren’t associated with an illness, such as headaches, nausea, and body aches.

How is depression treated?

After completing a psychiatric evaluation, your Duality Mental Health provider recommends medication management, talk therapy, or both.

Therapy alone can improve your mood and life if you have mild to moderate depression symptoms and can engage in talk therapy.

Depending on the therapy used, you may learn to identify and change negative thoughts, heal challenging emotions, or learn coping skills for dealing with the circumstances triggering your depression.

The Duality Mental Health team understands that moderate to severe depression makes it hard to engage in talk therapy. For this reason, they may prescribe antidepressants to restore the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) regulating your mood.

Your provider may also recommend lifestyle changes proven to support healthy moods. For example, your body needs good nutrition to produce brain chemicals. Regular exercise may also boost the same neurotransmitters.

You can regain a more vital version of yourself with treatment at Duality Mental Health. Call the office or use the online booking feature to request an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment today.